Panama dominates Belize in their second win
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, October 3, 2019.-
Panama dominated Belize 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-23) in their
second win at the AFECAVOL U21 Central American Championship
being held at the FESAVOL Gymnasium of San Salvador, El
Panama breezed past Belize with comfortable margins in sets
one and two. Set three was a different story as Belize
picked up their game and energy, edging Panama while evening
the scores on several occasions. Panama added their second
win improving their record 2-1 and adding five important
points for a total of 11 ranking points.
Panama led held a 32-21 advantage in attacks and 10-7 in
blocks, and limited to 19 their errors against 31. Belize
led 4-2 in aces.
Only two players scored double-figures, Denzel Arboine of
Panama with 15 on 13 kills and 2 blocks, and Ernest Broaster
of Belize with 10 points on 7 kills and 3 aces.
Panama (2-1) will face Nicaragua (2-0) on Friday, and Belize
(0-4) plays against El Salvador (2-1).
José Vásquez, Captain of Panama: “Panama came out with all
we have because these five points were valuable to improve
our position in the general ranking; losing to El Salvador
affects us in the tournament. In the third set we were over
confident, we thought Belize wasn’t going to battle and was
Ryan Arnold, Captain of Belize: “In the third set we
communicated and prosecuted, we played hard and came back
from that 25-11 loss; so we have to do the same but comeback
Javier Polo, Head Coach of Panama: “Our blocking and defense
takes the credit for today’s win. In the third set, I
believe the guys were over confident; in this age-group the
emotional part has great influence and what is most
important is that Belize wasn’t going to give up that easy,
they fought strong”.
Albert Humes, Head Coach of Belize: “The third set was very
close, I thought we had it. For Belize it all comes down on
the mental disposition; they lose focus in what they are
supposed to do and in the third you can see we were real
close. I guess we have to find how to prepare them